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Mrs. Phillips Has A Farm, E-I-E-I-O

Posted on: January 27, 2017

As part of their class study of the book Century Farm,  Mrs. Phillips wrapped up the unit by bringing farm animals to school for a visit.  Her class, as well as several other classes got to spend time with a baby lamb and chicken.  All the children loved the experience!

School Board approves bond proposal for May election

Posted on: January 23, 2017

The School Board unanimously voted to send a $159 million bond measure to voters in the May 16, 2017, election.

The measure would:

  • Make upgrades and improvements, including replacing roofs, siding, windows, plumbing, electrical systems in schools around the District.
  • Make energy improvements, including replacing old, inefficient high maintenance heating/ventilation systems, doors, which would save energy costs.
  • Make safety/security upgrades, including automatic door locks, fire alarms, security cameras to improve the safety of students.
  • Make seismic upgrades to enable buildings to better withstand earthquakes.
  • Renovate and/or add classroom space to support vocational/technical classes for all district middle school buildings.
  • Renovate and add classrooms and a cafeteria at Oak Grove Elementary School; purchase property and construct a new elementary school in NE Albany to address growing enrollment and reduce overcrowding.
  • Complete the first phase of West Albany High School’s rebuild that would include new classrooms, commons, auditorium, cafeteria and administrative space; and multipurpose space for vocational/technical education and gymnasium uses at South Albany High School.

The bond proposal is the result of a more than two-year process to identify facility needs in the District. The projects were reviewed by architects and recommended by a community-based District Facilities Advisory Committee (DFAC) that was made up of community members, parents and staff members.

DFAC initially identified more than $250 million in facility needs. This proposal represents the School Board’s priority to balance the most critical needs and the cost to taxpayers. This bond proposal is expected to increase taxes by an estimated $.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value because the 2006 bond is expiring.

For more information, read the resolution and explanatory statement. 

Find more information on the bond information page.

Decision Made on Snow Days Makeup – Updated Calendar attached

Posted on: January 17, 2017

Dear Clover Ridge Families

As you are certainly aware, the school district lost instructional days to weather on December 8, 15 and 16, 2016 and January 9 and 11, 2017 and the School Board indicated their desire to make up the lost instruction time. Because a clause in the employee contract calls for the district to first consult with the labor associations, district staff worked closely with the association representative and considered a number of options. District staff and Board members also received inputs from parents and employees. The general consensus was to make up as much instruction time as possible without having to extend the student school year into the week of June 19-23.

On January 13, Board Members approved a plan that will make the February 20 Presidents Day an instructional day and make the April 7 Teacher Work Day an instructional day. Beginning February 1, 20 minutes will be added to every Wednesday for the rest of the school year. This means that on Wednesdays, our school will release students at _(time)_. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday schedules were not changed. Wednesday bus schedules will be adjusted so that drivers will be delivering students 20 minutes later.

Also, one day was added to the end of the school year so that classes will end on Friday, June 16 instead of Thursday, June 15. June 16 will be a traditional half-day.

The Board did not consider using the January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. day as a make-up day. Oregon law (ORS 336.010) specifically prohibits districts from holding school during that holiday.

After school activities providers such as CAP, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, and Albany Parks and Recreation have been advised of the schedule change but if you have other after school child care arrangements please notify those persons yourself.

While winter is not over and more adverse weather is possible, I think you will agree that the above schedule revisions are the best possible solutions to a difficult situation.


Elisa Stephens



Estimadas Familias de Clover Ridge

Como usted definitivamente está al tanto, el distrito escolar ha perdido muchos días de instrucción debido al mal clima el 8, 15 y 16 de diciembre del 2016 y el 9 y 11 de enero del 2017 y la Mesa Directiva indicó su decisión de recuperar el tiempo de instrucción perdido. Debido a que hay una clausula en los contratos de los empleados, que pide que el distrito primero consulte con sus asociaciones laborales, el personal del distrito trabajó muy de cerca con los representantes de las asociaciones y consideró un numero de opciones. El personal del distrito y los miembros de la Mesa Directiva también recibieron las opiniones de los padres y empleados. El consenso general fue recuperar todo el tiempo de instrucción perdido tanto como sea posible, sin tener que extender el año escolar de los estudiantes a la semana del 19 al 23 de junio.

El 13 de enero los miembros de la Mesa Directiva, aprobaron un plan el cual hará que el 20 de febrero Día de los Presidentes, como un día de instrucción y el 7 de abril día de Trabajo para los Maestros, como un día de instrucción. Empezando el 1 de febrero, se añadirá 20 min a cada miércoles, por el resto del año escolar. Esto significa que los días miércoles, nuestro horario de salida temprano de los estudiantes será a las _(time)_. Los horarios de los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes no han cambiado. Los horarios de los autobuses los días miércoles, serán cambiados, así que los conductores dejarán a los estudiantes 20 minutos más tarde.

También se ha añadido un día al final del año escolar, así que las clases terminaran el viernes 16 de junio en lugar del jueves 15 de junio. El 16 de junio será de medio día como es una tradición.

La Mesa Directiva no consideró usar el 16 de enero del 2017 el día de Martin Luther King Jr. Como un día de recuperación. La ley de Oregon (ORS 336.010) prohíbe específicamente que se realicen clases durante ese día feriado.

Los proveedores de actividades después de las clases, tales como: CAP, “Boys and Girls Club”, YMCA, y “Albany Parks and Recreation”, han sido notificadas del cambio de horario, pero si usted tiene otro tipo de arreglos para el cuidado de los niños después de clases, por favor notifique a estas personas usted mismo.

Como el invierno no ha terminado y existe la posibilidad de más días con mal clima, creo que usted estará de acuerdo que las revisiones anteriores del horario, son las mejores soluciones posibles para enfrentar esta difícil situación.


Elisa Stephens



How do we decide school closure days?

Posted on: January 11, 2017

Safety is our number one priority, and it is the main consideration when deciding school closures due to weather.

The district carefully evaluates road conditions and weather forecasts both the night before and early in the morning of a school day. The Superintendent and Director of Transportation start driving the roads around the district starting at 4 a.m. They consider the conditions of the roads, sidewalks and parking lots in Albany and the outlying areas.

They don’t make decisions lightly, but they choose to err on the side of caution in order to keep the more than 9,000 students and staff members safe.

It is not an easy process, and we understand that it can be frustrating for many parents. Making the decision is not an easy call, but we make that decision with the best possible information available and in the best interest of student, parent and staff safety.

Read the District statement about deciding school closures due to weather:

School Closure Process

School Closure Process-Español